Karim Escalona is a lawyer at Lewis and Associates. Karim completed an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Law and Society from York University and an Honours LL.B degree from the University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom.
During law school, Karim was selected as one of twelve students to be a part of the University of Sussex’s Criminal Justice Project, a legal clinic that provides pro bono legal services to inmates convicted under the problematic joint enterprise law.
As part of the “Joint Enterprise, Not Guilty by Association” (JENGbA) branch of the clinic, Karim worked alongside other legal clinical students and lawyers to effect a change in certain aspects of the joint enterprise law.
After graduating law school in 2018, Karim was offered a scholarship to complete an LL.M at the University of Sussex. Instead, Karim accepted an offer for an LL.M in Canadian Common Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, which he successfully completed in 2019.
During his studies at Osgoode, Karim was part of the Pro Bono Students Canada program. It is during a placement that he was first introduced to Lewis and Associates and became exposed to immigration law and refugee law. Due to Karim’s keen interest in human rights law and its intersection with refugee law, he was thrilled to join the firm after completing his LL.M at Osgoode.